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What you are describing isn't Version Control. Version Control is really aimed at multiple individuals "sharing" authoring responsibilities for a project.
What you are describing is something known as Conditional Build Tags. With these, you apply tagging to information. Then when you create your output, you typically elect to exclude one or more tags to achieve a desired result.
Thanks for the feedback.
I know what version control is - at least what you're referring to. We use version control via applications like Subversion and Visual Source Safe for this purpose. I think in this case though, I've been let down yet again by the authoring tool I use, AuthorIT, or as I refer to it, 'Awfulsh*t'. In AuthorIT, conditional build tagging with reference to objects is called version control, and at best it allows me to specify whether an object will appear in any of the Word/HTML/Windows Help formats. Before posting this I should have done a little research as to what the correct term was.
In any case do you have an answer to my question?
Sorry, I guess I felt that the second part of my answer was the answer to your question. I meant to convey that Yes you have this capability. It is known to us as Conditional Build tags. You just tag the information you want and choose to exclude or include it based on what we call a Conditional Build Expression.